Can-Am Spyder F3 Turbo Sounds like Fun

Can-Am Spyder F3 Turbo 8 photos
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Can-Am reveals a turbocharged version of their new Spyder F3 trike, but only as a concept. It's hard to tell if Can-Am has any serious plans for the forced induction F3 model, but in case they want to make a change, we'd say that 150 horsepower is a little too modest for a Spyder that claims to be "vile."
The power figure is probably the main thing that will fail to make a strong impression to many motorcycle riders. The turbocharged Spyder F3 uses the same Rotax engine as the stock version, and this means a three-cylinder mill that produces 115 horsies at 7,250 rpm.

With the added turbocharger, the power figure for this 1,330cc lump goes up to 150 hp at 6,800 rpm, but this is nowhere near what such an engine is expected to deliver, even though, for a Can-Am Spyder, the tech spec sheet looks almost thrilling.

The torque numbers look much better, thankfully. From the 96 lb-ft (130 Nm) at 5,000 rpm for the stock F3, its turbo sibling jumps to 137 lb-ft (185.9 Nm) at the same rev count. Can-Am also says that the turbo F3 can do 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 4.3 seconds, and will cover the quarter-mile in 12.3 seconds.

Cool add-ons on the turbo concept could be nifty options for the standard Spyder F3

The intercooled engine is not the only new thing aboard this Spyder F3 concept. In fact, this is only one of the multiple modifications Can-Am operated and the tech spec sheet reveals a lot of sweet things.

This concept breathes through a 3-into-3 straight-pipe Akrapovic exhaust and is equipped with high-end FOX suspensions. The boost gauge and instrumentation are supplied by Autometer and an automotive-like push-to-start button is also part of the trim. The list also includes a racing cut-off switch, slicks, a "mono seat Bobber kit," and a red drag bar.

Can-Am reworked the aesthetics of his Spyder, with an oversized hood and air intake, a larger lower grille, a Nascar-inspired spoiler and LED front signature light. Red accents complement the "X" scheme, with Circuit Yellow being the main color, inspired by Jeffrey Earnhardt's NASCAR car.

All in all, a cool sidestep from the F3, even though the public is still split between hating this Spyder's boxy looks and hating it even more. Kidding, of course, there are a lot of customers who love the F3!

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